It's just over a week away from Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and they've just posted a course preview. It's terrifying! Randomly-placed barrels! Hoops! Time bonuses for doing impossible things!


The DIY Drones teams are going to try an unprecedented hat-trick this year: Place in all three categories--planes, multirotors and ground rovers--using the same autopilot hardware and base code (APM). Doug Weibel is going to lead our fixed wing team. Jason Short is going to lead our quad team with the beta of ArduCopter 2.0 (aka ArduCopterMega, ACM). And James Goppert is going to lead the rover team with a beta of ArduRover (aka ArduPilotOne).


Meanwhile Jordi and I will show up with a plane and ArduCopter as second teams in each category.


I'm already getting nervous. The competition will be tough, and all three codebases are still in Beta. Wish us luck!

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Comment by Zach Bayne on April 14, 2011 at 4:49pm
good luck!
Comment by Ritchie on April 14, 2011 at 5:56pm
Good luck guys. Doug will have a problem with those hoops jesus they are low.

Comment by Jason Short on April 14, 2011 at 11:45pm
no way am I going under that hoop!
Comment by ed on April 15, 2011 at 2:29am
Are there different threads for the builds for each category, or are those secrets at this point?  I would really be interested in getting to know the hometown fav's before the game day.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 15, 2011 at 2:56am
ed, I'm not sure what you mean by "builds for each category". As always, all the APM code for planes, quads and rovers is public in the relevant Google Code repositories.
Comment by ed on April 15, 2011 at 6:05pm

I was referring to three DIY DRONES teams: fixed wing, quad and rover. Im interested to see what equipment was chosen to represent this great site.  AIrframes, ESC's, servo's, motors etc... Just wondering what the gurus are going into battle with.  Maybe some pics?


Good Luck to everyone representin'!

Comment by SciFly on April 21, 2011 at 10:24pm

Looks like weatherwill be interesting. Hopefully, the winds calm down (or not =-0) , were seeing 25- 60 mph gusts right now.



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